Game Recaps: Sunday 4/19
The Clippers didn't have to wait long for the first win at Huntington Park. Jack Cassel pitched six innings and Matt LaPorta hit the first Clippers home run to highlight a 7-5 victory Sunday afternoon over the Toledo Mud Hens.
Josh Barfield, in his second game as a Clipper, led off the bottom of the first with a single and would later take advantage on an error by Mud Hen second baseman Will Rhymes to score the first run of the day. The Mud Hens answered back in the third with the first home run in Huntington Park, a solo shot by Don Kelly.
Cassel would create some trouble for himself in the fifth inning, walking two batters. Rhymes followed with a two-run triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Raburn. Cassel got his first win with seven strikeouts, five walks and four earned runs after throwing just over one hundred pitches.
The Clippers took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth. Wyatt Toregas led off with a single to right and an aggressive hit and run took Toregas to third on a single by Wilson Valdez. Valdez stole second just before a single by Barfield that plated Toregas. Luis Valbuena followed with another RBI single to right and Barfield scored on a throwing error by Clete Thomas. Valbuena advanced to second on the error, stole third, and then scored on a single by Wes Hodges.
The two-run homer to left center by LaPorta capped the Clippers scoring in the seventh. Matt Herges came on to pitch the ninth and gave up one run and two hits before recording his second save of the season.
The Clippers will welcome in Louisville for a three-game series beginning Monday. Lefty David Huff will oppose Seth McClure for the Bats and first pitch is slated for 6:35pm.
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